2018 Farm Bill Update: First Version Defeated
On Friday, several harmful amendments to the Farm Bill were turned back but this was not enough to overcome late-breaking opposition that ultimately defeated the first version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a 198-213 vote
  
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway issued the following statement: “We experienced a setback after a streak of victories all week. We may be down, but we are not out. We will deliver a strong, new farm bill on time as the President of the United States has called on us to do. Our nation’s farmers and ranchers and rural America deserve nothing less.”  

Follow the article links below for a detailed account of Friday's vote. We will continue to send Farm Bill updates as we receive them. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us with any questions you or your clients might have. 
RMA Informational Memorandum
PM-18-027: California Prune Counties – 2018 Crop Year Prune Reference Date and
Average Dry County per Pound

This Informational Memorandum establishes the 2018 crop year Prune Reference Date. In
addition, it provides Approved Insurance Providers with the average dry prune count per
pound for calculating second-period immature prune appraisals.

Effective for the 2018 crop year:
  1. The Prune Reference Date for all applicable California prune counties for the 2018 crop year is May 4, 2018; and
  2. The tables in the linked memorandum shall be used to calculate second-period immature appraisals. 
WA and Oregon Water Updates
The Bureau of Reclamation’s May 2018 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates the water supply will fully satisfy senior and junior water rights this irrigation season.

“April’s water supply indicators—precipitation (192 percent of average), snowpack (near average), and reservoir storage (117 percent of average) are each very healthy right now,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. “The Yakima Basin water supply for the 2018 season will be ample to meet demands this spring and summer.”

Most snowpacks across the state are below average for this time of year. Julie Koeberle with NRCS states that “It’s been dryer than usual for the season, and a below normal snowpack which leads to the outlook of below normal stream flows and below normal water supplies overall for a lot of the state. Especially that SE corner of Oregon.”

NOAA’s three month forecast calls for above normal temperatures, and below normal precipitation for Oregon. Already, Grant and Klamath counties have declared drought for 2018.
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